Local standout Leblanc to sign with Cats

With the recent success of the baseball program Arizona Wildcat head coach Andy Lopez is able to recruit nationally as well as anybody. During the early signing period the Cats signed their top nine prospects representing four states, including the home state of Arizona. Now you can add a fourth prospect to the Cats list of signees from the home state and second from Tucson.

Salpointe Catholic first baseman Evan Leblanc has decided to accept the scholarship package offered by Arizona and he will sign with the Cats tomorrow.

"I wanted to tell you that I am going to sign with U of A tomorrow," said the 6-foot-4 inch Leblanc. "I called coach (Mark) Wasikowski and told him that I wanted to go to U of A. He was excited when I told him that I am committed to Arizona."

Leblanc, who originally signed with Yavapai College in January during the Junior College signing period, is currently leading the 5A Southern region in batting average (.532), homeruns (8), RBIs (33) and stolen bases (25). He has helped lead the Lancers to an overall 18-5-2 record and a region title with an 11-1 league record.

Always a team player, Leblanc is excited about the next level but he still has unfinished business at the high school level.

"I am very excited for the opportunity at U of A," said Leblanc. "I am very excited to be a Wildcat but I am worried about Lancer baseball right now. We play Sahuaro tomorrow for the region, for seeding."

Even though he signed with Yavapai College, Leblanc saw his stock rise with a big senior season and that led to other options at quite a few division one schools.

"I was hearing from Gonzaga, Wake Forest, Santa Clara and Liberty University," Leblanc said. "I have always wanted to play baseball at U of A. I was supposed to go up to Santa Clara but I talked to coach Wasikowski again and he needed a decision so I talked with my parents and we decided this was the right thing to do. They wanted me to stay close to home and go to U of A all along."

Leblanc also was being recruited last fall for his exploits for on the Lancer football squad but Leblanc knew that baseball was his sport.

"I knew that I loved baseball and I always wanted to play for U of A," he said. "I am not planning on playing both sports. My special teams coach at Salpointe has been trying to get me to walk on for the football team and do some kicking but I am going there for baseball."

All Wildcat fans are looking forward to seeing big Evan Leblanc in the home pinstripes next season for Coach Lopez and the BatCats.

Evan Leblanc
6'4, 210 pounds
First Base/Outfield
.532 avg, 8 homeruns, 33 RBI, 25 SB in 25 games


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